When I was invited down to photograph the backstage goings on at the NARS and Schon Magazine shoot to show you guys, as you can imagine, I was so excited. I mean NARS wanted me? I couldn't believe it but something came up and I couldn't make it but the lovely photographer, Jamike Latif, offered to take them for me and I thought the content would be so amazing that I just couldn't turn it down.
The shoot was for their new Dual Intensity Shadows that I recently posted about, and that post went down so well that I thought you'd all love to see the shadows in action. Not just by me, but by an amazing makeup artist that actually knew what she was doing. Anna Priadka was the lady that created some of the amazing looks and I got the chance to interview her and ask her a few burning questions. But first things first, the looks... I've selected a couple of my favourites to show you and let you know the products needed to get there.
Products used: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser, Radiant Creamy Concealer, Phoebe Dual Intensity Eyeshdow, Mata Hari Blush, Orgasm Blush, Jungle Red Lipstick, Heatwave Lipstick, Hollywoodland Larger Than Life Lip-gloss
Products used: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser, Radiant Creamy Concealer, Desdemona Dual Intensity Eyeshadow, Subra Dual Intensity Eyeshadow, Dione Dual Intensity Eyeshadow, Via Veneto Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eye Liner, Torrid Blush, Albatross Highlighter, Train Bleu Velvet Matte Pencil
My NARS wish list is now the length of my arm. What about yours? I can only imagine it'll get longer with this interview with NARS Lead Stylist and the MUA of this shoot, Anna Priadka.
Tell me a bit about yourself and how you came to working with NARS on this shoot:
I have been working as a makeup artist for around 8 years now and have worked for some of the biggest brands, however I always had a passion for NARS. When the position of Lead Stylist came to me, I was thrilled. I had always admired the work of Franċois Nars and adored the brands image and identity. NARS has never followed suit- but always been provocative and audacious which is what I love.
The new Dual Intensity eye shadows are the perfect eye shadows for a beauty shoot. They can be used in so many different ways with real impact that they were the obvious choice when we were deciding what we would use for our next shoot and Schon magazine was the ideal platform. They share the same luxury and uniqueness as NARS showcasing dynamic and diverse array of talent.
What was your inspiration behind each of the looks?
My main inspiration comes from my love with the late 70’s early 80’s, and the infamous club, Studio 54.
Also, iconic fashion photographers such as Chris Von Wagenheim and Helmut Newton as well as iconic supermodel Jerry Hall. Their work always exuded glamour and decadence; you could really see it within their styling and makeup - which is the mood I wanted to create using the strong pigments within the Dual Intensity eyeshadows.
What products did you use and how to create each of the looks?
The main focus was around the eyes and the Dual Intensity eyeshadows, which can be used either wet or dry. For some of the looks I wanted the pigments to appear very intense so I would use the shadows wet for a more high impact finish. I used blush strongly for most looks, using it up through the brow to the temples to give a glamorous, decadent edge.
How would you make these looks more wearable for day wear?
Use the shadows dry and use a blending brush such as the #42 to buff it softly over the lid. The pigments are very rich so using it this way will make it a lot more wearable.
Also use a slightly more natural shade such as Europa from the range- a lovely soft peach pink which isn’t too metallic, for everyday use.
What are your top products to use on a shoot and why?
Skin is the most important element- especially on a beauty shoot. I love to create dimension on the skin and a flawless, perfected finish, so my top products would have to be highlighter powder and concealer.
The NARS original loose powders are perfect for this- even when reapplied over the course of the shoot- they still make the skin look airbrushed and with what I call a ‘Hollywood’ effect.
The Radiant Creamy concealers are another perfect product to create an airbrushed look. I love to use a lighter shade for a brightening finish under the eyes.
I finish with Copacabana illuminator and multiple layered under and over foundation on the highpoints such as cheekbones to catch the flash and give luminosity to the skin.
What are your favourite shades from the new NARS Dual Intensity shadow range?
I adore burgundy and purple tones- I wear a lot of these colours myself so it would be Callisto, Desdemona and Subra
Amazing advice and I am so excited to get to use on some more dramatic looks with my collection. I'm so excited to be sharing this with you and I just want to say that this post isn't sponsored, I'm not being paid to write any of this, I just loved seeing the photos and I thought you would too. NARS has quickly become one of my current favourite brands and although I only have these Dual Intensity Eye Shadows in my collection it doesn't mean I don't want more... I've got my eye on the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, the rest of the Dual Intensity collection... and the rest!
The final photos will be released tomorrow on Schon Magazine, so head on over there then. Trust me, you won't want to miss out.
What kind of look would you create with these shadows?
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